Have you decided that the time has come to invest in an automatic garage door opener? It’s one of those items that, once you install it, you’ll wonder how you ever did without it.
It adds a level of convenience to your lifestyle that you can’t truly appreciate until you’re experiencing it. But if you are purchasing a garage door opener for the first time, it can be a rather confusing ordeal. With so many options available in a wide array of price points, what is the best one for you, your specific needs, and your budget?
Here are some of the basics you’ll want to know before purchasing an automatic garage door opener for your house.
What Type of Opener Do You Want?
If you’re new to the world of automatic garage door openers, then you may not realize there are different types. You can choose from the chain drive models which are a bit loud and can cause some vibration but are cost-effective, or the belt drive models, which are much smoother and quieter but also cost more. If there is a bedroom above the garage door, noise and vibration may be something you want to consider, making the belt drive a smarter investment.
How Much Power Does the Opener Have?
You’ll also see the horsepower (HP) listed in the specifications for each model. If you have a large heavy door, you’re going to need one with more HP. The higher the HP, the less stress you’ll be putting on the motor each time you use it.
Can the Opener Help with Security?
Today’s high-tech garage door openers have a really interesting home security feature that uses a rolling code system. This makes it much harder for a potential intruder to gain access to your code and break in through your garage.
What About Built-In Wi-Fi?
Another high-tech feature that many homeowners appreciate is built-in Wi-Fi. The way it works is that your garage door opener will connect with your home network, and you can then control it through a companion app on your wireless device. For multi-car households, this solves the problem of who has the remote control and how many remotes it comes with.
Save Yourself the Headaches – Get It Installed by a Professional
Before you attempt to install the garage door opener yourself, it’s best to think twice. Hiring a professional to do the installation means it will be done safely since there is electrical work required. It will also be done with the right tools that won’t damage the new door opener and you’ll know you can depend on it to work for many years to come. The garage door manufacturer may not even honor the warranty unless it is installed by a professional.
Vancouver Overhead Doors can easily tackle the installation in a professional manner, making sure everything is done properly. They specialize in door opener repairs and installations, as well as other garage-door-related repairs and issues.
These are just a few of the things you’ll want to be aware of as you shop for your first automatic garage door opener for the home.